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a marvellous introduction to 8 great poets
on 18 December 2006
This is a compilation by Josephine Hart, who has considerable experience of producing West End plays. She was also a Director of Haymarket Gallery and the founder of Gallery Poets. The selection of poets and poems is personal and quirky in the most interesting way, and the book is greatly enhanced by the accompanying CD of readings by distinguished actors, recorded live at the British Library - among them Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, Edward Fox, Roger Moore (! - he does Kipling, and he does it very well), Harold Pinter, Sinead Cusack , Bob Geldof (suitably Irish for Yeats but, I think, marginally less good than the others, though his voice has presence and a commanding seriousness about it). As if that were not all, there are short introductory chapters on the poets, and these are really interesting and helpful. It is all a labour of love on behalf of compiler and readers alike and is one of the most unusual and involving anthologies I have ever come across - easily 5 stars.